5 Reasons To Check Out The 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest With Kids

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The Vancouver Writers Fest is hitting Granville Island next week, and it promises to unite readers and writers of all ages through the power of storytelling and books, with events featuring both local and international writers that are designed to engage visitors of all ages.

Here are just 5 reasons to make a visit to this year’s Writers Fest a family affair:

1) Discover a diversity of events.

Whether your children are reluctant readers, or read voraciously, the Vancouver Writers Fest has an event that will spark (and fuel) a love of the written word. With 115 authors from Canada and around the world, and 95 panels, discussions and performances on topics as diverse as graphic novels, the refugee crisis, picture books about food, and conversations about the future of the Arctic, they’ve got something to delight you and your family. Check out the full lineup of events here.

2) The events are both educational and entertaining for children.

A little-known fact about the Festival is that one third of events are designed specifically for children, school groups and families. These events feature world-renowned authors who are specifically chosen for their ability to engage children and spark a love of reading. Each year, more than 6,000 students from around the Lower Mainland attend these events – making this one of the largest children’s literary events in BC – and events are also open to individual families and homeschool groups. These events are each designed to align with BC Curriculum goals, meaning they are both entertaining and educational! Check out a list of events geared towards younger audiences here.

Our mission is to bring readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world, through story and vibrant dialogue.

3) The festival is attended by world-renowned authors.

In its 30-year history, the Festival has presented luminaries such as: Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and J.K. Rowling, and as North America’s premier literary event, the Writers Fest continues to attract some of the world’s finest authors. Children’s authors for 2017 include multi-award-winning and best-selling author Gordan Korman, “Queen of Plasticine” author Barbara Reid, graphic novelist Cecil Castellucci, acclaimed children’s storyteller Cary Fagan, and Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Cherie Dimaline. See all of the participating authors here.

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4) Support the arts.

Words shape our world, and uniting renowned readers and writers with the literary legends of tomorrow will keep the art of writing alive for future generations. The Vancouver Writers Fest is a registered non-profit, charitable organization that operates with the support of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate sponsorships and donations.

5) Galavant around Granville Island.

With the festival staged in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, the Vancouver Writers Fest is set in the perfect location for a family outing. After your event is over, you can round out your day by visiting one of the many excellent restaurants and eateries, have a ball at the Kids Market, and go on a wildlife watching excursion along the seawall.

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Check out the full schedule of events for this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival, and book your tickets today.

Vancouver Writers Fest
October 16 – 22, 2017
Granville Island (various venues), Vancouver, BC
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5 Ways To Enjoy The Wesbrook Village Festival On September 9th!

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Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Wesbrook Village (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)

The Wesbrook Village Festival is back, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and more booming than ever! There are so many reasons to head to this free family event and make a day of it.

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Here are just 5 of the family-fun favourites that you can expect from this year’s festival:

1) Free BBQ 

There’s only one thing that’s more rewarding than enjoying a day of fun with your family, and that’s FREE food! Leave the snack packs at home and nosh on some BBQ favourites while you wander through Wesbrook Village!

2) Live Music

Dance and sing along to live music – a fun way to get active outdoors!

3) Kid’s Zone

Kids can enjoy a range of activities, arts and crafts and more in the festival’s action-packed Kids Zone. From balloon-animal twisting, to sports games, to face painting, there’s lots to see and do when you visit with little ones in tow!

4) Entertainers 

Watch in awe as live, wandering entertainers dance, juggle and sing their way through the festival. Kids can giggle as fun characters provide entertainment, and families will love the lineup of singers and dancers that will be hitting the stage and performing around the grounds of the festival.

5) Goodies for sale by local artisans

Browse the goodies that will be available on site, and support local businesses! Peruse the tables set up by various local companies, purchase a range of products to take home with you, and enjoy the farmer’s market style setup!

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For more of what you can expect from this year’s event, check out this video:

#GoodTurn with Scouts Canada

Potential good deeds are all around us just waiting to happen! Scouts from across the country are challenging Canadians of all ages to help spread goodwill during Good Turn Week, April 29 – May 7by doing a Good Turn for a friend, family member, neighbour or the community, and encouraging the recipient to pay it forward. A simple gesture of kindness can be as easy as giving up your seat on the bus or helping a neighbour carry their groceries, or as ambitious as organizing a clean-up of a local park. One good deed is all it takes to make a difference and inspire others, creating a cycle of goodwill that will spread across Canada! To learn more about Good Turn Week and to participate, visit www.scouts.ca/goodturn.

Everyone can share their Good Turns at Scouts.ca/goodturnweek, or on social media by using #GoodTurnWeek and by tagging @ScoutsCanada from Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Salmon Chum at Noons Creek

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11 am – 3 pm, the Port Moody Ecological Society invites everyone to attend their very special Fingerling Festival. Yes, it’s been 25 years since we first started putting chum salmon into Noons Creek.

A fun, free festival at the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, located just across the walking bridge on the north side of the skating arena, 300 Ioco Road. We are very proud to announce the City of Port Moody, Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) and Port of Vancouver, as again being tremendous sponsors of this year’s event.

Sandra Niven, Volunteer Coordinator and co-producer of the festival, is seeking over 100 volunteers to make this environmental festival our very best to date. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to register by emailing portmoodyecologicalsociety@hotmail.com. Roles include helping with over 70 environmental organisations and 5,000 visitors, setting up, cooking in our food tent, and assisting with the release of salmon into Noons Creek.

This iconic environmental festival provides an opportunity for children to help release thousands of young chum salmon into Noons Creek to help these fish begin their four-year journey at sea, and to visit the hatchery with its fish-rearing pond and restored wetland. In the Port Moody Skating Arena, over 60 organizations will provide opportunities to learn more about community initiatives and environmental stewardship. We are delighted announce the following as some of the exhibitors that will make up a total of over 60 exhibitors on festival day:

  • The City of Port Moody (Presenting Sponsor)
  • Port of Vancouver (Sponsor)
  • Pacific Coast Terminals (Sponsor)
  • Busters Towing (Sponsor)
  • Nature Trust of BC
  • Mike the Reptile Guy
  • Mossom Creek Hatchery (BIMES)
  • Sea Shepherd Society
  • Colony Farm Park Association
  • Burke Mountain Naturalists
  • Watershed Watch
  • Alouette River Management Society
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Watershed Watch
  • Fraser River Discovery Centre
  • Friends of DeBoville Slough
  • World Wildlife Fund – Canada
  • Wildlife Rescue
  • Port Moody Station Museum
  • Rivershed Society
  • Vancouver Aquarium’s aquabus
  • Plus many more.

There will be First Nations artists and carvers, wildlife artists, Metro Van Regional Parks, amongst others. The ever popular Bobs & Lolo will be back again this year to give performances at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm in the arena. So get in touch and get involved!

Birth Fair Speakers!

Here it is – the speaker schedule for the Birth Fair! Both days are so jam packed with great information that some people are already buying tickets for both Saturday and Sunday!

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Tickets are just $5 online at www.birthfair.com/tickets, $10 cash only at the door.

WAMS Foundation Fundraiser!

It is that time a year again! The WAMS Foundation, Walk a Mile In Our Shoes, is hosting its 5th annual fundraiser at the Roundhouse community center on March 3rd! The WAMS foundation seeks to help MS sufferers fund alternative treatments, and with a country with some of the highest MS rates in the world, it is important that patients have options.

The fundraiser supports a different person each year, and this year it is for a woman named Shaneel. Shaneel is a wife, daughter and sister who has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 12 years. She was diagnosed in 2005, just 6 days before her 25th birthday. At the time, she had her full independence working full time in the financial field with aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder.

Her initial symptoms that led her to visit the doctor was a combination of unusual feelings, which included numbness and tingling in her fingers along with a lack of balance and daily fatigue. Just days after her visit to the doctor and MRI tests, the results had proven that Shaneel has Multiple Sclerosis. This was just the beginning of the journey she was about to be faced with. Shaneel is severely affected by this horrible disease and needs our help to raise money for treatment in Mexico.

We ask that please purchase you tickets now by following the link below, as it assists us in having adequate food and libations for everyone (including of course, jello shooters). If you can’t attend but would still like to support Shaneel, please do so by clicking on the link and purchasing a ghost ticket or two.

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As a reminder, the WAMS foundation is a volunteer run not for profit organization. No one takes a salary and every penny earned goes to those who need it most.

Sleep Out to Support Covenant House

On any given night there are between 500 and 1000 young people living on the streets in Vancouver. Vancouver’s downtown streets are dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace. Many youth are re-victimized on the streets, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances are often worse. Exposed to the elements, lonely, afraid and without hope; this is the reality for kids on the street. Your support will enable Covenant House to connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care.

On May 4, 2017, women will unite in the spirit of motherhood, and sisterhood, to share love and comfort with homeless young people. You can, too. Reserve a sleeping bag. Let your life be touched by a young person who needs to know you care. The Sleep Out: Mothers Edition is a specific call to action for women to spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our Street Outreach Program.You can help by making a donation to support a Sleep Out participant.

Join the Sleep Out movement and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of homeless youth.

When: May 4, 2017 | 7pm – 7am

Where: 575 Drake St, Vancouver BC, V6B 4K8

Learn more about the Sleep Out

Christmas at Hycroft!

You will LOVE Christmas at Hycroft! There’s loads to see and do as you wander through all the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Edwardian mansion. Learn about this stunning building in the centre of Vancouver that has been a part of local history, and mystery too! (Word has it that the place is haunted…)

Inside you’ll find ALL THREE FLOORS decked in seasonal splendour thanks to our fabulous in-house decorators and corporate decorators, and the excellent variety of unique boutiques, crafters and over 25 local Artisans. Outside, Hycroft’s  Courtyard is a buzz of activity with entertainment, vendors, Emelle’s Catering Trailer and the traditional “Kitchen Creations” located in the Coach House. Don’t miss all those tasty snacks!

Tickets are $15 per person, but kids under 13 are free. The event runs from November 17th-20th and is open daily from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. For more information, visit Christmas at Hycroft. 

All Aboard!

Looking for some family fun? Love trains? Love to soar the Sea to Sky highway? Check out the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) and their amazing rail rides that provide hours of fun for the whole family. Located at 39645 Government Road in Squamish, families can visit the Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive, with an extreme blast to the past.

There’s nothing quite like the history of a steam train, the sound of metal on metal and all the amazing history of travel. There’s also the Mini Rail, a large 1/8th scale miniature to see in the park. Worth the trip to Squamish, there’s lots of fun to keep the whole family active, open daily from 10am-5pm all year round!

A special treat is the Polar Express, coming back to the WCRA! Get the family in the holiday spirit with a ride on this mystical train that teaches the true meaning of Christmas.

The WCRA is also looking for new members and volunteers to help restore old locomotives! Get involved with other train lovers and help to do bodywork, paint, sanding, woodwork and get involved as a family.

For more information, times and more, check out wcra.org

Mums Tums and Babies… oh my!

mums-tums-poster-8x10Looking for the best in the latest products and services for you and your baby or little ones? If you live in British Columbia, or better yet the Fraser Valley, you are in for a treat at the premiere event for hopeful, expectant and new parents and families – the Mums, Tums & Babies Show!

Pregnant couples, new parents, and those who are needing a little extra for the kids who are growing up – there are stresses, needs for new products that are safe and friendly, services and goods, including some advice – this event has everything for you! Explore the world of baby and toddler – from food to gear, like top trending brands that have some awesome deals and discounts for you. Come down to this low-pressure, family-friendly event: you won’t regret it.

There is lots to see and do for your little ones in the Family Fun Zone with My Gym Langley and their bouncy castle and tumbling station. Twist Parties with balloon twisting and have your photo taken with the princesses. There are Sportball and other sport instruction for kids and will test their skills and have fun.

Don’t worry, for those expecting, or wanting to grow their family there will be a ton of presentations from tips on how to get your baby sleeping well to help with birthing! Tony from The Average Father will do a special presentation just for dads!

Canada’s country music sweetheart, Jessie Farrell will entertain your kids with her catchy whimsical songs featured on the Kids’ CBC television series, Scout & The Gumboot Kids.

Enter to win the major grand prize – a nursery from Ikea Coquitlam. Over $10,000 in prizes provided by our exhibitors. The first 100 mommies each day will receive a Lucky Mummy Bag! (Be sure to take a look inside as their are a ton of vouchers and even some goodies from the local vendors).

Visit www.mumstumsbabies.ca to purchase your tickets!
$10.00 online
$12.00 at Door (Cash Only)
$15.00 weekend pass
Children under 12 *FREE*

Date: October 1 & 2, 2016
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm – Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm – Sunday
Location: Tradex – Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell St., Abbotsford
Contact: Debbie Fenrick or Judi Rosebrugh: (844) 933-1366 or 604-200-0905

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